This Year’s Christmas Message

If their was a subject that primarily needs thought, it is this whole question of the birth of the Son of God. That is why I preach this evening and do not have a Carol Service. You must think before you sing, otherwise your singing will be of no value. This is an occasion demanding sober, serious, vital thinking (Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in Magnify the Lord pg. 15 — speaking on the real meaning of Christmas)

The Christmas festival was not instituted by God but we are allowed to have fun as long as that fun remains within God’s rules for holy and sinless living. God instituted communion so that we would do as Dr. Lloyd-Jones suggest and think about the meaning and sacrifice of Christ and his coming to earth.and so that our worship would mean something and be of value.

This Christmas do what he suggests and get to the real meaning of Christmas, Help those who need it, encourage others and strengthen your faith.

The NT Church

Far too many people are under the impression that the 1st century church met exclusively in personal homes.  A recent study we did on the book of Acts shows that this is not so. The 1st century believers met in schools, synagogues, temple, Solomon\s porch, personal homes and even the riverside.  They met where they could. Then people must remember that on two different occasions 3,000 & 5,000 people were added to the faith in one day. Crowds much too large for homes to accommodate.

If people want to be like the NT church then they must focus less on where the first believers met and focus on the desire for God those believers possessed. The location is not important but the attitude is.

{When our situation changes we will speak more on this}

The Homosexual Agenda Is Not New

Having defended the Christian, he (Theophilus) turns to reproach the pagans for the very same things.Why then do Epicurus and the Stoics teach incest and sodomy. With these teachings they have filled libraries so that from boyhood this lawless intercourse is learned. (pg. 252 Evangelism In The Early Church by Michael Green)

Thins are not much different today as the homosexual community and its supporters today fill libraries today teaching that LGTBQ ideas and practices are normal and correct.

Absolutely Not True 3

Their (1st century AD) world was very different from ours  (pg. 13 Evangelism in the Early Church by Michael Green)

While there are some differences there are at least two things that remain the same no matter what culture or era one is looking at. 1. people do not change. God made one set of humans and they all possess the same desires, face the same temptations, have the same goals and so on as everyone else who have lived n this planet.

2. Sin and evil do not change. No matter the culture or era evil tempts, deceives, misleads and continues to ruin God’s creation. The sins faced by the ancient world are the same sins we face today. Science, technology , athletics etc., do not change this fact,

This is why we have the Bible and its timeless words for we are facing the same enemy as our ancient ancestors did and the same problems. The bible is for all cultures and all eras, we do not get a revised set of God’s instructions whenever the culture or era changes. God’s words to us, as written in the Bible, apply to all people of all nations, cultures and eras.


Absolutely Correct

But we must remember that religion is not the only ideal or ideology that can be abused and turned toward evil purposes. Other alternatives exist, such as liberty, equality, community, tolerance and even atheism. We noted earlier that when a society becomes more secularized it will tend to elevate any number of alternative nonreligious ideals to the level of…’quasi divine authority’ that no one is permitted to challenge. (Why People Don’t Believe by Paul Chamberlain pg. 149-50)

We see this taking place constantly  in the forms of political correctness, equality for same-sex marriage and bathroom use, or rights over right and wrong. The examples are many but the church must not succumb to the bullies of the secular world and continue to side with God declaring his standards to and be a light unto a dark world.

We cannot afford to compromise but teach the bible correctly so that all may know what is the right path to follow.

Absolutely Not True 2

The first thing to remember is that all texts must be interpreted within their historical, social and literary context. This is especially true of texts that seem puzzling to us due to the great historical and cultural distances that separate us from them. To do otherwise is to impose on a text present-day standards that are not relevant to the time the text was written; it is to misread the text. )Why People Don’t Believe by Paul Chamberlain pg. 105)

This may be true for secular works but it is not true for the Bible. While the Bible does record some cultural actions on the part of the figures the biblical authors mention, the Bible does not bring to the world an ancient human mindset that is flexible in nature.

The only culture that the Bible originated from was God’s holy culture found in his kingdom not any sinful, fallible earthly mentality. If the Bible was written as the quote suggest, as an earthly work, then we have nothing to guide us today nor tell us what is right or wrong. We do not interpret the Bible but look for the truth and to get to the truth we must remember that God’s will and directions do not come from humans whether they be prophets or secular but from God directly who does not change and who transcends all cultures.

In other words God’s word written thousands of years ago applies to today for God and his will have not changed.